This course will take you progressively through the skills of winter mountaineering. Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors.
We will aim to cover the following topics;
Use of ice axe and crampons
Ice axe arrest
Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance
Elementary ropework and snow belays
Terrain - ridges, rocky steps, cornices, steep snow (Grade 1)
Mountaineering decision making
These areas will be incorporated into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the major peaks.